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ERIC Number: ED407679
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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The Public Uses of Power.
DeStigter, Todd
A project called the "Tesosros" (Treasures) Literacy Project matched six Spanish-speaking ESL (English as a Second Language) students, working collaboratively, with an equal number of "at risk" Anglo counterparts from a regular section of grade 11 American Literature at a high school in southeast Michigan. Students came together to read Spanish and English language texts, translate those texts, write in response to their own and each others' stories, and assist each other in revising and editing their work. In this project students created a public within a single classroom but, on a broader scale, changes at the school on the levels of curriculum, textbook choice, and funding for bilingual programs depended on decisions that needed to be made in "publics" understood in the broader sense of the entire school and its surrounding community. A way to motivate people to participate in democratic publics should be found, but changing the institutions that contribute to public problems, such as the 70% dropout rate of Mexican immigrants, will require political power exercised shrewdly. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan